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Castell Allt-y-Ferin

Carmarthenshire, Mid-Wales SN 522233

Adrian Pettifer

Castell Allt-y-Ferin occupied the end of a ridge above the River Cothi. two miles north of Llanegwad. The triangular enclosure, divided into two by a cross-ditch, is naturally defended by a steep fall on two sides. A ditch and rampart cut off the level approach, overlooked by a conical motte which is encircled by its own ditch. This impressive earthwork may be the castle of Dinweiler raised by Gilbert de Clare, earl of Pembroke, in 1145 during a brief period of Norman expansion into Welsh Deheubarth. The castle does not appear in recorded history after that, although it may have been occupied by the princes of Deheubarth until nearby Dryslwyn Castle was built.

Welsh Castles
Boydell & Brewer Ltd., 2000
ISBN: 0 85115 778 5

Adrian Pettifer has a degree in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Birmingham, and has long been a keen visitor of historic monuments, concentrating primarily on castles, abbeys, churches and ancient sites. He is the author of English Castles (1995) and Welsh Castles (2000), published by Boydell and Brewer, gazetteers intended to provide a concise history and description of every masonry castle and the more substantial earthworks. He can be reached via e-mail at: AdrianPettifer@msn.com.

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